Bannings Tavern

4.2
187 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A local favorite, Banning’s Tavern is located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Long known for the excellence of our traditional and contemporary menu items, Banning’s has also become famous for the variety and depth of our whiskey and craft beer selections, unmatched anywhere in the region. The Tavern is named for a local historical figure, Jeremiah Banning. Seaman, raconteur, aide de camp and advisor to Washington and Jefferson. Jeremiah was well known for the quality of his table and abundant hospitality, a tradition we are proud to carry on in his name.
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LD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We happened to be seated next to a noisy party of 6 but that’s not your fault

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner prior to a concert. Clam chowder is excellent .

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were a bit disappointed in Bannings Tavern. The service was good and people were friendly but they were out of some food and what we got wasnt great. Plus we were there to celebrate a birthday which I mentioned when I made the reservation but nothing was said and they only had one dessert.

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CP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a nice atmosphere. Beer selection pretty decent and my burger was perfect. Overall a great experience. Server was very attentive as was the bar staff. (We were a tad early for our reservation so had a cocktail while waiting)

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers!

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JS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent bar menu. Shepherds pie, beef and guiness stew and burgers are all the very best anywhere. They entrees like shrimp and grits, fish, steak, chicken and lamb are all house recipes. Very friendly help. The wine list could use some work but it is well priced so there is that. The clam chowder is legendary here. The salads cold and crisp. All in all one of Easton’s very best and Easton is a real foodie town.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tavern has lots of atmosphere, the servers are great and the food is pretty good

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Wonderful food! Loved the Valentine day menu!

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T
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dependable bar food. Great fried oysters in season, terrific burgers. Dozens of beers to choose from. Can be a little noisey but always a convivial crowd.

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food and atmosphere were dismal on a Friday evening. Had been once before and it was decent; not sure why it took such a nose dive but the foot was almost inedible!

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DJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience.

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KN
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank for making lunch, Bannings. Always a good meal!

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and his family were here and I took them to Bannings for dinner. We all had a wonderful time and a great meal.

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ND
Baltimore
113 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I found Banning's via the OpenTable site and was pleased to have found it. I took an old friend and Banning's bar area was the perfect setting to catch up. The atmosphere was conducive to a nice conversation, and the service was very good and not overly intrusive.
I had the Chicken Pot Pie and my friend enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie. Both were ideal for a cold winter night.
I'll definitely recommend Banning's Tavern.

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CV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Apon arrival the owner was being cussed out by a man outside the restaurant. We had a 6pm reservation that took the hostess assistance by another lady to locate. Then we were seated at a tiny two person table that was inches away from another table that was occupied while 3 other 2 seater tables were available. The bar was so crowded and loud and just a few feet from the dinning room. Very hard to conversate with my husband. We spent $30 dollars on a steak that did not include any sides and it was 30% meat and 70% fat. Not worth the money whatsoever. We also ordered a piece of cheesecake to go and it was tiny and insignificant for the price. Complete disappointment and horrible date night experience.

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H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our order was messed up twice, but since it was new years eve and the weather was bad we didn’t say anything. The cheese plate could use better cheese but overall the food is good for a fancy pub at the price point.

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New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petite filet! Always a favorite! Perfectly prepared temperature wise.
And the Manhattans were a real treat!

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliable and delicious choice! The new items on the menu and the new faces are a great addition to the experience.

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DM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was my daughters 16th Birthday, which was part of the reservation, there was no acknowledgement by the restaurant.

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l
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been here a few times over the past years. Each time the service and food have gone down hill. Nice place but probably won’t go back

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DT
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch. A classy bar setting. Service was very good, attentive but unintrusive. We were not rushed. The food was good. A pleasant experience and we would go again.

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B
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to show at Avalon, had a good meal at Bannings. Good food, good price. Enjoyed!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre show dinner at Avalon Theatre

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T
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice night out. They are a good place for varying tastes. Everything from chicken pot pie to seared tuna to burgers. Great on tap beer selection and very good wine selection. Service was a bit slow taking our order, but fine otherwise.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food and an enjoyable bar ambience.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Bannings for our Thanksgiving eve family dinner. Everyone was pleased with the freshness and quality of the food. The service was gracious and we love the the lively neighborhood atmosphere. It's where the people meet for good times. Our guests were impressed. Being a vegetarian with a gluten free spouse they are always willing to make adjustments to their offerings without hesitation. Local farm to table is also high on our list. I hope they will continue to expand the menu to include more creative vegetarian and vegan dishes. Prices are excellent considering the overall experience.

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N
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were in Easton for Thanksgiving and decided to dine at Bannings Tavern. We had a glass of wine at the bar before dinner and the bartender was not very friendly. The hostess wanted to seat us at a small table when there were booths opened. We asked to sit at a booth and she was not at all happy with us. However, our server was very friendly and made up for the negative vibes we received from the bartender and hostess. Not sure I would return to this restaurant on our next visit to Easton!

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SW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good value - kitchen was a bit slow which was fine as we weren’t in a hurry and we were a party of 8. Staff was friendly. We felt that some items were better than others - liked the Shepard’s pie & burgers. Soup and salad were just ok.

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MT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A really special local favorite with a great menu. Looking forward to our next visit.

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DB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's just "okay". Online menu isn't what they are actually serving and disappointing that oysters weren't on the menu. Server was inattentive - "I had some things to take care of". Used to be a better option.

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DC
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We often stop in Easton for lunch en route to visit relatives on the Eastern Shore, and we usually dine at Bannings Tavern. This time, the kitchen seemed a little off - all of our burgers were a little over-cooked, and even the grilled cheese we ordered was burned. Maybe there's been a change of kitchen staff? Otherwise, everything was great - we love the neighborhood-hangout feel of the restaurant.

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KC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our scallops were only Luke warm. Minimal black bean and tomato.
Our waitress appeared very stressed and distracted. Asked for more bread and never got it.
Our order was not taken for an hour. 90 min until food served.
A bit disappointed for Bannings.

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OT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner with my wife. I had the petite filet and my wife had the prime rib which were both cooked exactly as ordered. We are local and often dine at Bannings. Always excellent service and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a variety of entres we both had fish plates and both were fresh.

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PL
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went 10/26/2018 to celebrate a birthday. I had the house burger (solid), fries (very good). Another guest had the large filet ("delicious") and the birthday celebrant had a rack of lamb (she sucked the bones it was so good). Drinks were also good. A bit pricey but not over the top. Very good.

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JL
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 4. Nice booth and seated quickly. All went downhill from there. Waitress was inattentive and service very slow. Many things on menu not available. My wife had prime rib that was not hot (room temp at best). Will not go back.

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BK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great hospitality. The Guinness is top of the line. The Rock Fish with coucous is delicious as well as the braised short ribs. Clam chowder and crab cakes are excellent. Outdoor seating is great for meeting the local residents. Don't miss this opportunity for an enjoyable evening.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and popular gathering spot in town. Excellent food from local sources prepared perfectly. Try it and you will love it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were excellent!

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FO
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Best filet mignon in the area. Fresh fish. Great soups Attentive, happy wait staff!

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